Admittedly, it wasn’t the most encouraging update that has ever been delivered – but it was true. When our missionary friends in Africa asked how our plans for our upcoming mission trip were coming along, we had to acknowledge that we were still in great need of both workers and finances.
As our coworkers across the seas have also experienced, the waiting is often the hardest part. As finite people, we make our plans, put our shoulders to the grindstone, work as diligently as humanly possible, and yet must accept that some tasks exceed our own abilities. And for those, we must depend upon God. Knowing this mission trip is such a task, we began praying earnestly for His provision, and now we wait…
My question for all of us today is this, “What do we do during the waiting?” We all fill times of waiting with something – for many of us, that something is WORRY. We fret about this and that, we run around turning over every possible stone, or perhaps we panic in sheer desperation. Yet Scripture tells us hundreds of times not to worry – it simply does no good. How much better would it be to push the “Pause Button” on our worry and fill our minds with the amazing WONDER of God – of who He is, and how He has provided for us in the past. To focus on His faithfulness and His care for us. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), He meets our every need according to His riches (Phil 4:19), and He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) – what need have we of worry?
Facing a time of waiting? What will you fill it with – Worry or Wonder? –Dave
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